America's State Parks

America's State Parks will help capture the collective strength and importance of the great park systems developed in the 50 states. With over 6,000 units and more than 725 million visits, America's State Parks works to enhance the American quality of life. NASPD board members representing each region of the country will govern the America's State Parks alliance.

America's State Parks + America's National Parks = Great National System of Parks

Stephen T. Mather, founder of the National Park Service, envisioned that the states and the federal government needed to work together to develop a great national system of parks. By working together the nation would develop a national system of parks that would be the envy of the world.

Thanks to the vision of Stephen Mather and his contemporaries more than a billion visits a year are made to state and national parks (725 million state park visits and 276 million national park visits).

As Mather said, "Who will gain say that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness...He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the nations parks."

America's State Parks

Total Park Visits: More than 725 million per year
Number of state park units: 6,624
Total economic impact on communities: More than $20 billion
Percent of visitors with children: 64%
Miles of trails: 41,725
Number of campsites: 207,063
Number of cabins and lodges: 7,161

America's State Parks Flyer

The National Association of State Park Directors advocates for more than 6,000 state park units and 730 million annual visitors to America’s State Parks. We recognize that state parks play a signicant role in providing outdoor recreation facilities and are part of a healthy lifestyle. Combined with the 276 million annual visitors to our National Parks more than 1 billion visitors a year use this great national system of parks.

In addition to the role state parks play in outdoor recreation, they conserve natural and cultural treasures important to American citizens. Collectively, America’s State Parks have a $20 billion economic impact on local and state economies and when combined with the impact of our National Parks the total rises to $32 billion.

NASPD has adopted the following formal position on LWCF: NASPD supports the Outdoor Resources Review Groups recommendation for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the re-benchmarking of the fund from the historic $900 million annually adjusted for ination to $3.2 billion annually. NASPD further believes that state and local parks play a pivotal role in outdoor recreation and that at least 50% of the funding should support the stateside program.

While there are not good estimates for the number of annual visitors to local parks across the country, it is widely thought to be in the billions of visitors annually. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has also adopted a formal position on LWCF: NRPA supports the Outdoor Resources Review Group recommendation for the maximum and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. NRPA further believes that state and local parks play a vital role in outdoor recreation, the conservation of natural resources, and healthy lifestyles; and that at least 50% of the funding should support the stateside program.